Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association at London Book Fair 2014

Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association participated at the London Book Fair, which was held on 8-10 April 2014. The national stand and program New Voices from Georgia was organized by the GPBA and the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. As Georgia is preparing for being the Guest of Honor at Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, participation at international book fairs is extremely crucial for Georgian book sector professionals.

Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association, in its capacity of Book Platform project local partner, was proudly and willingly presenting the project and its results to the visitors of the Georgian stand, offering published surveys, as well as informational and promotional materials. Visitors were interested and happy to get brochures, bookmarks and bags, and to learn more about the project. Salome Maghlakelidze, project local manager in Georgia, was there to introduce the project to everyone interested.

The Georgian delegation, which comprised GPBA, the Ministry of Culture of Georgia, the publishing houses "Siesta", "Bakmi", "Palitra L", "Klio", e-book Literacy LTD, and Georgian writers, actively promoted Georgian national literature in the UK, aiming to increase the awareness of Georgian contemporary literature abroad.

The fair was attended by 3 Georgian writers – Lasha Bugadze, Zurab Karumidze and Aka Morchiladze, whose books were translated into English in 2013 within Georgian Literature Series by Dalkey Archive Press. The reading of the authors mentioned above and the presentation of these books during London Book Fair: "Literature express" by Lasha Bugadze, "Dagny, or a Love Feast" by Zurab Karumidze, "Adibas" by Zaza Burchuladze, and "Journey to Karabakh" by Aka Morchiladze, drew a huge interest among visitors and foreign publishers. The event of Georgian Literature Series was held at The Lansdowne Club, and was moderated by John O'Brien and Donald Rayfield.

Ketevan Kighuradze, Chairwoman of GPBA board and head of "Siesta" publishing house: "Depended on GPBA initiative there is second time of participation for Georgian stand at London Book Fair that has a very big importance for developing of relations between Georgian and international book sectors which plays crucial role to be the Guest of Honor at Frankfurt Book Fair in 2018. There was a satisfied attention to Georgian literature during the events in London that makes us motivated to increase the number of translated Georgian authors."

The participation of two representatives of e-book Literacy LTD – Natia Lursmanashvili and Aleksandre Jakhua, at the London Book Fair, was made possible with the support of the Book Platform project within the Events Participation Support Scheme.They had working meetings with international e-book companies to negotiate further cooperation between them, and to improve the e-book industry in Georgia in future.



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